May 5, 2018 – We are tremendously concerned that the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) has geared up to use its taxpayer-backed monopoly to muscle in on an already legitimate and legal accessories market. This decision is anti-competitive, unfair and jeopardizes the livelihood of hundreds of hard-working Ontarians in the accessories retail and production industries.
Ontario’s cannabis accessory stores are legitimate small businesses, just like the restaurants and retailers they operate beside across the province. They employ Ontarians, abide by Ontario laws, pay Ontario taxes, and are active participants in their local communities.
We stand with cannabis accessory retailers in calling on all parties to immediately make the OCS exit the accessories market to allow for a fair, competitive playing field, and to reverse the government monopoly to allow for regulated, licensed private cannabis retail.
-Ryan Mallough, senior policy analyst, Ontario
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